Five Ways to Keep Your Team Connected

Georgia Gwinnett College head coach Mike Giuliano talked to us about some of the more suc­cess­ful ways he’s been engag­ing with his play­ers remotely.

Five Ways to Keep Your Team Connected

Georgia Gwinnett College head coach Mike Giuliano talked to us about some of the more suc­cess­ful ways he’s been engag­ing with his play­ers remotely.

2:00 — Player of the Day

Twice a week, Giuliano selects a Player of the Day”. That play­er sends out a video mes­sage with three things:

  1. Favorite quote
  2. Joke of the day (laugh­ter is a key to growth)
  3. One thing you’ve always want­ed to do but haven’t done, and why

4:00 — Sending play­ers indi­vid­ual messages

Twice a week, Giuliano will also send a per­son­al­ized video mes­sage to a play­er explain­ing to them:

  1. Why he is grate­ful for them, cit­ing spe­cif­ic examples.
  2. How he sees them as a leader in the program.

5:00 — Training groups

Giuliano splits his team up into five train­ing groups led by upper­class­men. Everyone is giv­en a train­ing pack­et, and play­ers write to their train­ing group cap­tain their goals for the next two weeks. At the end of the sum­mer, donuts are award­ed to the train­ing group that wins sum­mer training.

7:30 — Soccer IQ quizzes

Every week Giuliano has soc­cer IQ quizzes” focus­ing on three things:

  1. Dan Blank’s book Soccer IQ”, his prin­ci­ples can be found on videos on his web­site. Watch the video of a par­tic­u­lar prin­ci­ple, and go find exam­ples online.
  2. Analyzing a par­tic­u­lar coach­ing point from watch­ing the team’s own games and pro­fes­sion­al games. 
    1. Ex., Looking at all of the team’s goals from 2019 and iden­ti­fy­ing how many touch­es were made in the box before shoot­ing. Emphasizing the point of the few­er pass­es made in the final third, the more like­ly you’ll score.
  3. You are the coach”. Presented a prob­lem, put togeth­er a plan for how you’ll fix it in train­ing/game-plan­ning.

10:20 — Building a team social culture

Giuliano talked about the impor­tance of the social aspect of a team cul­ture, and how socia­bil­i­ty affects how well a team plays togeth­er on the field. Some of the things the team is doing togeth­er right now include online games and online mysteries.